You say it many times a day, whether you notice it or not. It’s “um”.
Far from being just a conversation-filler, it can make you a better speaker, and may even help children learn new words.
UWA linguist Daniel Midgley will try to make it all clear on this week’s Talk the Talk.
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The etymology of “um”
What they say instead of “um” in different languages
The odd “um” makes you more persuasive
And helps children acquire words